Driver charged over crossing accident


Queenstown’s council is investigating options for the resort’s Stanley Street zebra crossing after a
boy was hit by a car.

The local boy, eight, suffered a compound fracture of his leg after being struck by a car at the busy
pedestrian crossing last Wednesday.

That prompted the council to man the crossing between 3.30pm and 6pm until the end of the school holidays.

Council spokesman Andy Tebay says: “Heavy traffic identified during the period, a recent incident, and concerns from ratepayers were all factors in the decision.”

A decision will be made tomorrow whether the initiative will be extended. Another option could be
to move the crossing.

New Zealand Transport Agency categorises it as low to medium risk, with no serious accidents in the last five years.

A 33-year-old Queenstown man was yesterday charged by police with careless driving causing
injury. He is due to appear in court next week.

On average, 16,500 cars use that road each day.